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Flames Keen for coach

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Just call them the usual suspects.

Kristian Huselius and Jarome Iginla swear they haven't been wearing the same underwear or eating the same breakfast the past few games, but both continued their dominant streaks to help the Calgary Flames pull off their fifth straight win on the road with a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues last night at Scottrade Center.

The win gave head coach Mike Keenan his 600th NHL win, making him the sixth member of that elite club.

Iginla started the scoring on the powerplay with his 22nd goal of the year and sixth in the past four games. He nearly finished it off, too, with the winner coming on another man-advantage opportunity in the third period before Daymond Langkow potted an empty-netter to seal the victory with 19 seconds to go.

Huselius finished with five points, including his fifth goal in three games.

"There's a lot of confidence in the room right now," said Huselius, who has an incredible 11 points in three games.

"When the team starts playing well, I think everybody looks pretty good."

No unit looks better than the top line, which accounted for a dozen of the 14 points on the Flames' side of the scoresheet to overcome Blues goals by Andy McDonald, Brad Boyes and Lee Stempniak.

"It's unbelievable. You just look at Jarome -- every time he shoots ... when he's feeling like that, you just want to give him the puck and watch out," said Craig Conroy, who assisted on Huselius' goal 46 seconds into the middle frame. "I think Juice (Huselius) is playing -- since I've been here -- as good as he's ever played.

"When you get on one of those rolls and you're getting points like that, it just feels like the net's three times bigger than it is. I'm not feeling that, right now, but those guys are."

Connected to Keenan's milestone win is a more nominal piece of history. The Flames haven't won five games in a row on the same trip since November of 1988.

Iginla was 11 years old.

"It's got us back into the playoff hunt," said the Flames captain. "We want to keep rolling. This feels great. You can feel our locker-room after every game just buzzing."

Adding to the party atmosphere after this one was a special presentation. Conroy handed Keenan the game puck that marks his feat.

"The team was very gracious," said Keenan, who spent part of three seasons coaching in St. Louis. "Connie grabbed the puck. Very appropriate that I brought him to St. Louis here in a trade -- he was changed out, and I was changed out -- so it was nice for him to present it to me in front of the team."

Conroy said the players were well aware of the impending milestone and were happy to help him reach it in their first crack at it.

"We knew. It was nice to get it over with tonight, especially in St. Louis," Conroy said.

"He gave me my chance."

Keenan said it takes a lot of good fortune to be in the NHL as long as he has been, but the 58-year-old is especially grateful for his latest gig.

"It means a lot of owners and managers had a lot of confidence in me," said Keenan of joining the elite group. "Particularly this last hire with Darryl (Sutter) hiring me, and Ken King and the ownership group giving Darryl their support, giving me a chance to come back."


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